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Come meet your teachers and see your classrooms! Open houses this year will be on Monday, August 20, 2018. School starts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Wednesday, August 15
CATEC Open House is Wednesday, August 15, from 5-7pm
Monday, August 20
- CHS Freshman Orientation: 9am-1:30pm
- Elementary Schools: 1–3pm
- CHS Virtual Orientation for online classes: 1pm. See here for more information.
- Walker Upper Elementary: 3-5pm
- Buford Middle School: 4-6pm
- CHS 5-7pm
Wednesday, August 22
First day of school. See school hours below.
- Elementary: 8:00am to 2:30pm
- Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
- CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)
For information about required vaccinations, click here.
Also, you and your family might enjoy meeting up with Books on Bikes, a group of Charlottesville City Schools teachers, librarians, staff, and even trained doggie pals as they make summertime deliveries of books and freezy-pops.
Summer Reading Recommendations and Information:
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Grade 6
- 2018 Middle School Reading Recommendations-grades 7 and 8
- CHS-For a variety of excellent choices for grades 9-12, visit the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) book lists:
Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists. Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.
And if you need assistance getting school supplies for this year, contact your school counselor. People who registered for this year’s Back-to-School Bash can pick up their supplies at their school open house on Monday, August 20. For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.
School Supply Lists for the 2018-19 School Year:
If your student receives Special Education services while at school, please share your feedback with us. Link to survey: Special Education Family Survey 2018
Thank you for partnering with us by providing your valuable feedback.
Walker student Hazel Conklin won the stockpile division at the regional soap box derby in Culpeper! She was assisted in this STEM project by Troy Brown, Elias Garcia, and Oliver Jackson (not pictured). Congrats also to their advisor, iSTEM teacher Chris Chamberlin. Hazel has qualified to compete in the Local Masters Race this June, also in Culpeper.
Students Hallie Goode and Allie Floyd have been awarded the Red Cross Youth Heroes Award for our region for their kindness and persistence in helping and befriending Walker’s functional skills students. Way to model kindness and inclusivity, girls!
This spring, Ms. Washburg and Ms. Woods’ 6th grade classes collaborated to host the Confidence Carnival! Positive affirmations, games, face painting, and a visit from a UVA Women’s Basketball player made for a great morning!
Peer mentors at Walker not only welcomed the City’s fourth-graders for a visit, but they even wrote personalized letters to each student (delivered at the elementary schools) to express greetings!
The 3rd annual AVID College and Career Night at Walker brought many families and community representatives to the school for a fun-filled evening helping students peer into the future.
“El Espectaculo!” at Walker was spectacular. Fifth-graders in the event showcase what they’ve learned across the curriculum in the Elementary Spanish program. Here’s a nice recap: http://bit.ly/2Hs6RwT.
The Walker Peace Squad visited all six elementary schools to perform an original play and raise the question, “What are some ways you can stand up when you see someone being mean to someone else?”
Buford, Walker, and CHS parents and guardians are invited to take a survey about college-level classes sponsored by the CHS PTO and Counseling Department. The survey is part of a national conversation about college prep and high school stress.
Buford’s Aidan Peters qualified to compete at the VA State Geographic Bee at Longwood University.
Amanda, Eleanor, Ella, Emma, Harriet, Niharika, and Saba represented Buford in the History Day regionals at UVA! Ella and Emma will represent us at the state finals!
The Buford Middle School Orchestra earned a Superior rating for their beautiful performance at the District Orchestra Assessment.
17 Buford orchestra students made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra while 14 band students made the All-District Band—more than any other middle school in the area!
Buford’s Abby Paquette and Elisabeth Scharf shared their experiences in the Foundations of Engineering and Engineering 1 classes at the International Techology and Engineering Educator Association in Atlanta, GA.
Buford students performed well in the Virginia Mathematics League Contest–the 7th grade team came in fifth in the league and fourth in the region; Christian Millard was ranked in the top 35 7th graders in the league; The 8th grade team came in fourth in the league and third in the region; and Camden Baucom was ranked in the top 35 8th graders in the league!
In other math news, the Buford MathCounts team finished 2nd in regional competition.
Buford student Miya Anderson participated in the 29th Annual African-American Read-in on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Buford Middle School. Students read excerpts from their favorite books and poems to celebrate Black History Month and African-American literature.
Engineering 1 students at Buford Middle watched a live virtual tour of MIT let by the CHS BACON Zero Robotics team. The tour gave these 8th graders a glimpse into what opportunities are ahead in the Cville Schools iSTEM program!
Eight Buford girls participated in the Girls Excelling in Math Tournament run by the Village School. The 8th grade team of Abby Paquette, Lidia Shimer, Lucy Armengol, and Sylvie Bon-Harper finish is 1st place and Abby finished 2nd overall as an individual. The 7th grade team of Sarah Burns, Vicky Gonzalez, Elie Lewin, and Lowell Tolton finished in 2nd place and Sarah finished 5th overall as an individual.
Congratulations to eighth grader Silas McClellan who correctly spelled “subterranean” to become the 2017-18 school spelling bee champion for Buford Middle School.
Buford Middle School civics students Abby, Jaimin, and Kaia presented their project “Hate Speech vs. Right to Assembly and Free Speech (Permit or No Permit)” at the Public Education Foundation 2018 Luncheon at the Boar’s Head Inn.
Congratulations to our Fencing Team for hosting another successful tournament. Students competed fiercely on three different stages. Ms. Carney has sponsored our team for several years and continues to do a wonderful job. https://buff.ly/2E1lXaF
Walker School was excited to host more than 400 fourth grade students for tours and planned activities to help them learn about their future school. More than 60 current fifth grade peer mentors were on hand to answer questions, facilitate team building exercises, and most importantly, put these future Walker Wolverines at ease about their upcoming transition.
That evening, students were invited back with their families for an Open House, starting with a pizza dinner at 5:30pm in the cafeteria, presentations from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the auditorium, and a scavenger hunt from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
The Charlottesville City Schools division has six elementary schools (grades preK-4) that feed into Walker Upper Elementary School (grades 5-6).
For more information about this and other programming planned by our wonderful Walker Upper Elementary School Counseling Team, please visit their blog at https://bit.ly/2qoLO72.
Charlottesville City Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Hastings will be the next principal of Walker School.
Dr. Hastings comes from Piedmont Virginia Community College, where he has been the Dean of Business, Mathematics, and Technology. He has an extensive background at Charlottesville City Schools: he has served on the School Board, he was director of CATEC, and he was assistant principal at CHS. Working in other area school divisions, he began his career teaching English and has experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school-level.
Read more about Dr. Hastings
Dr. Hastings earned his B.A. in English at NC State, his M.A. at UNC Chapel Hill, and his Ed.D. at U.Va. Through his professional connections, his School Board service, and his own personal interests, he has been very involved with the Charlottesville community as well as statewide organizations.
Thanks to the Walker community for participating in this search through committee service, survey responses, and attending a search committee forum. Dr. Hastings was selected from a very strong pool of applicants and will begin serving on July 1. Please join us in welcoming him to the Walker community.
A Letter from Dr. Hastings
April 13, 2018
Dear Walker Families and Community Members:
What a pleasure it is to write to you as I begin my new role as your principal!
I believe that strong schools must be community schools, schools in which students, parents, families, community members, faculty, and staff work toward a common goal of excellence for every student. From shared-decision making to effective, real time communication, I look forward to growing our culture of collaboration.
Today, Walker is your school. As we work together, build trust, and—so very importantly—have fun, Walker will become our school. It is my distinct privilege to take this journey with each and all of you.
Throughout the interview process and in recent conversations, several big challenges stand out as opportunities for growth.
- How can we create a schedule that meets the needs—developmental and instructional—of our students?
- How should we impact our school climate and grow our school culture to foster student happiness, empowerment, and success?
- How should we balance instructional goals with developmental needs within a two-year program that includes the pros and cons of both elementary and middle school structures?
- What can we do to engage parents and families in regular, impactful communication and collaboration?
These are big questions, indeed. Answers will require a community of resources and—above all—trust. I trust each and every one of you implicitly; as we learn and grow together, I hope to earn your trust in return.
Although I do not begin my role officially until July, my inbox is open and my calendar is free. Please, contact me; no issue is too big or small. If you see me around town, I’d love to talk and meet your students. If I am with my family, they’ll be happy to meet you, too.
With hope and excitement for a great spring and summer,
Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program.
KidsCollege scholarships available based on financial need. CATEC Foundation scholarships area available for rising 10th graders to attend KidsCollege@CATEC academies.
- See full brochure here (and some key info is below)
|Who?||Rising 7th-10th graders|
|Dates:||June 18-22 (session 1)||June 25-29 (session 2)|
|Times:|| AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm
(early drop-off available at 8am)
|PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm (after-care available ’til 5:30pm)|
|Where:||CATEC, 1000 E. Rio Road|
|Cost:||1/2-day academies vary from $139-155 (scholarships available)|
|More info:||Click here|
From circuits to cupcakes, there’s something for everyone. A wide variety of options touch on the following themes (and more)! See brochure for details.
Here are just a few highlights of what has been happening lately in the Fine Arts program at Charlottesville City Schools.
The annual CHS Symphony/Chorus/Fine Arts Celebration featured all of the Charlottesville High School fine arts in one evening. The performance combined the talents of the CHS Symphony, CHS Choir, CHS Jazz Band, CHS Visual Arts, and CHS Theatre. CHS Choir teacher Will Cooke noted that eight CHS Choir alumni were also singing among the choir.
CHS orchestra teacher Laura Thomas credits the strong foundational programs in the elementary and middle schools for enabling the successes at the high school.
“The Symphony Orchestra is the product of so many behind the scenes, long-term arrangements and effort,” said Thomas during her remarks to the audience. “In Charlottesville, it starts at the elementary schools where we have such a solid general elementary music program. And then in fifth grade at Walker, where many choose an instrument and or continue to sing. And then, we have this world-class music program at Buford, and at the high school we schedule the String Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble at the same time, so that we can actually combine to rehearse and create this wonderful thing. I was just telling my students a couple days ago, ‘This doesn’t happen everywhere. The symphony orchestra is really a rare thing at a high school.’ I am so very, very proud of this symphony orchestra, and I hope you are too.”
To view selections from the performance, use the following links:
- Regina Coeli In Bb , K 127, Mozart
- Precious Lord Take My Hand, Dorsey
- CHS Jazz Band
- CHS Theatre
- Russian Sailor’s Dance, Gliere
The Walker Upper Elementary School fifth grade beginner band and the Buford Middle School jazz band both recently performed for their schools. Walker band teacher Susan Allen showcased each section of the band–brass, woodwinds, and percussion–to teach the audience about the different instruments.
17 Buford Middle School musicians made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra! The JRO auditions were held on January 27 at Jouett Middle School and included musicians from Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Cville/Albemarle. Each student played two scales, two prepared excerpts, and a sight-reading selection. The JRO event will take place on March 23-24 at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.
For the month of February, artwork by Johnson Elementary students is on display at Charlottesville City Hall and artwork by CHS students is featured in the teen section of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
CHS art students in Ms. Mildonian’s classes have been painting portraits for children of Puerto Rico who were affected by the hurricanes last year. In partnership with memoryproject.org, these artists are using photographs of the children to create special keepsakes which will be hand-delivered to the children when they are completed.
“We want our kids to understand that sharing kindness through artistic expression can be really meaningful,” said Mildonian. Hopefully, these paintings will make the children of Puerto Rico, many who have lost everything, feel loved and not forgotten.”
What happens when second grade students combine art, reading, and STEM all in one unit? Clark Elementary students make bioluminescent creatures using circuits and glow paint! This illuminating cross-curricular activity was inspired by the Hot Read of the Month, “Glow: Animals that Make Their Own Light.” iSTEM teacher Teresa Amasia helped the students design their own light-up sea creatures by building a suspended pendulum and using glow in the dark paint.
The CCS Faculty Art Exhibit, a long-standing tradition for Charlottesville City Schools, is now on display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performance Arts Center (MLK-PAC) lobby from January 22, 2018 to March 26, 2018. The show features drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital art and mixed-media created by faculty and staff members who work for the nine schools in our division. With more than 20 participants, the exhibit includes works from visual art teachers, school counselors, instructional assistants, administrators, and other support staff. Read more about it here.
CHS art students took a field trip to the Second Street Gallery to view Adejoke Tugbiyele’s multi-media exhibit “Language of the Heart.” Internationally known, Tugbiyele’s work draws from her experience as a Nigerian-American. She uses a combination of installation, sculpture, video, photography, drawings, and collaborative performance as a metaphor for self-progress. She worked with our students to create a collaborative, mixed-media figure of a superhuman. Special thanks to the artist and to SSG Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia, and Outreach Director, Lou Haney for providing this opportunity.
TheatreCHS is busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming production, “South Pacific.” Tickets are on sale now for the performance which runs February 22-25, 2018 at the MLK Performing Arts Center at CHS. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://theatrechs.seatyourself.biz.
Meanwhile, preparations are already underway for two spring productions, “Chicago,” presented on March 29-30, and “The Tempest,” on April 26-27. Here is a sneak peak of Velma and Roxie at rehearsals.
The annual Venable Elementary School Soul Fest will be held on February 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. In addition to great food, the event includes some amazing performers who will join the third grade chorus and first grade presenters this year. Thanks to Jon Lohman and the Virginia Folklife Program, the students will perform along with former musical director for the Virginia State University Gospel Choir Cora Harvey Armstrong, a renowned gospel singer from Virginia. In addition, Mr. Benjamin Nussbaum’s fourth grade class will present their video, “The Rainbow Schoolbus Goes Deep Into Protesting,” which was showcased at the Virginia Film Festival earlier this fall.
The CHS Marching Band travelled to London to march in the 2018 London New Year’s Day parade. The largest New Year’s parade in the world, it includes more than 8,000 performers and an audience of 500,000 people. Band director Jason Hackworth helped plan the trip itinerary which included a tour of London’s most famous landmarks like Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.